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Brad Mehldau - After Bach (2018)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 31, 2018
Brad Mehldau - After Bach (2018)

Brad Mehldau - After Bach (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch Records | # 7559-79318-0 | Time: 01:09:22
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative, Classical Crossover

No composer looms over modern jazz quite like Johann Sebastian Bach, whose harmonic rigour seems to have provided the basis for bebop and all that followed. Listen to the endlessly mutating semiquavers tumbling from Charlie Parker’s saxophone and it could be the top line of a Bach fantasia; the jolting cycle of chords in John Coltrane’s Giant Steps could come straight from a Bach fugue and Bach’s contrapuntal techniques crop up in countless jazz pianists, from Bill Evans to Nina Simone. Bach certainly casts a long shadow over US pianist Brad Mehldau: even when he’s gently mutilating pieces by Radiohead, Nick Drake or the Beatles, he sounds like Glenn Gould ripping into the Goldberg Variations. Which is why it comes as no surprise to see Mehldau recording an entire album inspired by Bach. However, this is not a jazz album. Instead of riffing on Bach themes, as the likes of Jacques Loussier or the Modern Jazz Quartet have done in the past, After Bach sees Mehldau using Bach’s methodology. Mehldau plays five of Bach’s canonic 48 Preludes and Fugues, each followed by his own modern 21st-century response.
The King's Singers, The WDR Big Band, Bill Dobbins - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (2CD) (2010) (Repost)

The King's Singers, The WDR Big Band, Bill Dobbins - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (2CD) (2010)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 325.50 Mb (CD1) + 303.59 Mb (CD2) + 7.58 Mb (Scans) | 01:47:16
Crossover Jazz, Classical, Vocal, Big Band | Country: UK/Germany | Label: Signum Classics - SIGCD215

When Lucas Schmid, producer of the WDR Big Band, first mentioned his interest in a program of music from the Christmas Oratorio of J.S. Bach, arranged to feature this ensemble in combination with the King’s Singers, I was immediately interested and excited. Having collaborated several times with this group of uniquely gifted vocalists, including the WDR Big Band’s Bach 2000 project, I knew there was an opportunity to create something very special indeed. Bach composed the work between 1734 and 1735. Since each of the six cantatas that make up the Christmas Oratorio was originally intended for a particular Sunday in the liturgical year, the sheer quantity of music is far too much for a single performance. The first major part of my work, then, would be the musical selection.
Zuzana Ruzickova - Bach: The Complete Keyboard works (20CD Box Set) (2016)

Zuzana Ruzickova - Bach: The Complete Keyboard works (20CD Box Set) (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 8.08 Gb | 23:11:09 | Scans included
Classical | Country: Czechoslovakia | Label: Erato

A musician of searching intellect, generous spirit and formidable purpose, Zuzana Růžičková is one of the 20th century’s most influential harpsichordists. Central to her career, the music of Bach also helped her to transcend with grace the extraordinary adversity she faced during World War II and the Communist era. “There is something above us, near to us, which makes absolute sense, but we don’t see it. Bach tells you: ‘Don’t despair, there is a sense in life and in the world.’”
Munchner Bach Orchester, Karl Richter - J.S.Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites; Triple Concerto (2002) 3CDs [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte; Orchestersuiten;
Tripelkonzert für Flöte, Violine, Cembalo und Streicher
Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter, conductor & harpsichord
Aurèle Nicolet, flute; Gerhart Hetzel, violin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.13 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 498 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 463 657-2 | Time: 3:33:19

Very few conductors have recorded as much Bach as Karl Richter and none can lay a stronger claim to a legacy based on championing the master. Richter's reverence for Bach is evinced by the simplicity, splendor, and grandeur with which he consistently imbued his performances exemplified here by these landmark recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites. In Archiv's original-image bit-processing remastered transfers as well, the sound is better than ever. This is cornerstone Bach that should not be missed.
Heinrich Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (2005) 2 CDs

Heinrich Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (2005) 2 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 600 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 350 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 7243 5 86534 2 7 | Time: 02:04:56

In the '80s there were those listeners who thought that Heinrich Schiff might redeem cello performance practice from fatal beauty and lethal elegance. Aside from the burly and brawny Rostropovich, more and more cellists were advocating a performance style whose ideals were perfect intonation and graceful phrasing. In some repertoire, say, Fauré, these are perfectly legitimate goals. In other repertoire, Beethoven and Brahms, say, it is a terrible mistake. In Bach's Cello Suites, as the fay and fragile Yo-Yo Ma recordings make clear, it was a terminal mistake. Not so in Schiff's magnificently muscular 1984 recordings of the suites: Schiff's rhythms, his tempos, his tone, his intonation, and especially his interpretations were anything but fay or fragile. In Schiff's performance, Bach's Cello Suites are not the neurasthenic music of a composer supine with dread and despair in the dark midnight of the soul, but the forceful music of a mature composer in full control of himself and his music.

Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Works (2015)  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 10, 2015
Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Works (2015)

Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Works (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 388 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2111 | Time: 01:19:26

For this hybrid SACD of famous organ works by J.S. Bach, Masaaki Suzuki plays the restored Schnitger-Hinz organ in the Martinikerk (Martin's Church), in Groningen, one of the most celebrated instruments in the Netherlands and one which dates back to Bach's time. Its bright, Baroque sonorities and Suzuki's historically informed interpretations give these performances a compelling sense of authenticity and period style. The pieces are among Bach's greatest hits, particularly the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which gives the program a decisive opening. Following that flashy demonstration, Suzuki is relaxed and almost contemplative in the Pastorale in F major, and continues his thoughtful readings in the Partita on "O Gott, du frommer Gott," the Prelude and Fugue in G minor, and the Canonic Variations on "Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her." Yet he includes two sparkling virtuoso performances in the Fantasia in G major and the Prelude and Fugue in E minor, which keep the album from being too soft and subdued. BIS' super audio sound is crisp and detailed, which is no mean feat in a church recording.
Nathan Milstein - J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 (2012) 2CD

Nathan Milstein - J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 (2012) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 275 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # 50999 6 78741 2 5 | Time: 01:54:06

The late Nathan Milstein’s 1975 stereo remake (DG mid-price) was his own preferred version of these pillars of the violin repertoire with which he had been so associated since his youth in Odessa. But his (broadly faster) mid-Fifties New York account, now remastered and restored by EMI, was a famous yardstick of its time – a grandly phrased, aristocratically structured, Romantically resonant statement to treasure beside Menuhin and Heifetz. These are epic virtuoso performances justifying Milstein’s view that with this music the performer could ‘bask in the most glamorous light’. Stylistically, purists will object to their expressive liberty and gesture. But few will be able to resist their artistry or intensity of delivery.
Julian Bream - J.S. Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998; Suite BWV 996; Chaconne from Parita No.2; Partita No.3 (1994)

Julian Bream - J.S. Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998; Suite BWV 996; Chaconne from Parita No.2; Partita No.3 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classic, Guitar | Label: EMI Classics | # 7243 5 55123 2 1 | Time: 01:09:56

Julian Bream is, without a doubt, one of the premiere classical guitarists of the modern recording era. Comparisons between great guitarists is often unfair and misleading as they each have their own styles - and each musician and his/her style tends to be particularly well suited to certain types of music. For example, Andres Segovia's style, cultivated by self-teaching throughout his now ended life, concentrated on flowing legatto smoothness and flowing melodies. Bream's, on the other hand, while equally masterful, is better characterized as emphasizing the precision and crispness of each and every individual note. What better composer to focus on to show this particular proclivity that J. S. Bach, whose work, having been written largely for the keyboards (harpsichord) but also for the lute and triple harp, tends to emphasize the kinds of music Bream excels at. Stacatto phrasings, each written to be played with crystalline exactness, are the types of pieces wherein Bream's magnificence is conspicuous and best showcased. Thus, the special relevance of this particular compilation of some of his best Bach work on this CD.

Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (2002)  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 14, 2015
Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (2002)

Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue) (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SMK87759 | Time: 01:09:36

What you will find on this disc is A) contrapunctus I-IX played on two different organs in 1962; B) contrapunctus I II & IV from a1981 TV broadcast; C) contrapunctus IX XI & XIII in mono from a radio broadcast in 1967; D) the unfinished contrapunctus XIV from what may or may not be the same TV broadcast as B); and as a final filler E) a prelude and fugue on the name BACH from a studio recording in 1980. Items B)-E) are given on the piano.
Andras Schiff - J.S. Bach: 6 French Suites, Italian Concerto, French Overture (1993) 2CD

András Schiff - J.S. Bach: 6 French Suites, Italian Concerto, French Overture (1993) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 558 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 386 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 433 313-2 DH2 | Time: 02:09:15

András Schiff is one of the best Bach players among Gould, Rosalyn Tureck and Wanda Landowska. On Schiff's French Suites, every part from every suite has a different color and gives you different feeling. Every harmony is taken to its end with care, and dynamic balance is always delightful to listen. Articulation of the notes is excellent, full of humour, and in some places you surely start to smile and you feel very happy when you listen to Schiff. He also plays the slow parts very deeply and warmly, which is for some artists a big problem when playing Bach. There are also Italian Concerto and French Overture on the CD's, played brilliantly, so this set is really worth buying. Recommended for everyone.